SAN FRANCISCO: American Conservatory Theater has announced three more shows for 2016–17, its 50th anniversary season. The theatre previously set four shows in February. The three additional works include Tom Stoppard’s The Hard Problem and David Byrne’s Imelda Marcos musical Here Lies Love.
“This will be a season of survival and hope, a season of time travel and history, and, of course, jazz and disco! We couldn’t be more excited,” said A.C.T. artistic director Carey Perloff in a statement.
The Hard Problem by Tom Stoppard (Oct. 19–Nov. 13) is a drama that follows a psychology grad student who has a conflict about mind versus matter and the question of consciousness.
In spring 2017, A.C.T. will present the reimagined version of Robert Lepage’s Needles and Opium (March 30–April 23, 2017). The play presents two stories simultaneously: that of Miles Davis in Paris in 1949 and of French filmmaker Jean Cocteau’s opium-filled journey to New York.
Closing out the season will be David Bryne and Fatboy Slim’s musical Here Lies Love (beginning June 2017; run dates to be announced). The disco musical follows the rise and fall of former First Lady of the Philippines Imelda Marcos.
The previous shows that were announced were Mike Bartlett’s King Charles III, Khaled Hosseini’s A Thousand Splendid Suns, Annie Baker’s John, and Peter Brook’s Battlefield.
Founded in 1965, ACT produces reimaginings of classic texts, and contemporary plays.